TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) Practical application: Be like Levi. Speak the Truth.
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My commentary methodology is simple. I want to apply what I learn from the Bible to myself. I substitute everyone essentially with me to figure out what I would be like if I were in that position.
1 “And now, you priests, this warning is for you. 2 If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name,” says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me.
Pretty messed up that the priests shorted God. As Christians we should all behave priestly. I used to think its messed up that God would punish people. However, you can’t be a just or fair without following through your words without actions. For example, if you bring value to the world you will be rewarded. If you destroy things and hurt people you will be punished. It would be more messed up if you were rewarded for being destructive and hurtful and punished for bringing value to the world.
3 “Because of you I will rebuke your descendants; I will smear on your faces the dung from your festival sacrifices, and you will be carried off with it. 4 And you will know that I have sent you this warning so that my covenant with Levi may continue,” says the Lord Almighty. 5 “My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. 6 True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.
Be like Levi – have a covenant of life and peace, be reverent, stand in awe, speak truth, don’t lie, walk in peace and uprightness, and turn from sins.
7 “For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the Lord Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth. 8 But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi,” says the Lord Almighty. 9 “So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.”
It stinks that those who are supposed to preach truth do the opposite and preach lies. That’s one reason that we have so many people who don’t love or know God. At least, God is just and will punish those who preach lies.
10 Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another?
11 Judah has been unfaithful. A detestable thing has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the Lord loves by marrying women who worship a foreign god. 12 As for the man who does this, whoever he may be, may the Lord remove him from the tents of Jacob—even though he brings an offering to the Lord Almighty.
People don’t love and are unfaithful to one another. Don’t marry people who do not have the same beliefs as you. Those who you marry will influence you. If you have friends who disobey God and will not repent – you may want to consider removing them from your circle of friends – unless you are able to persuade them other wise.
13 Another thing you do: You flood the Lord’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer looks with favor on your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. 14 You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.
15 Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.
16 “The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the Lord Almighty.
So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.
God cannot stand lust and prefers fidelity, faithfulness, and loyalty.
17 You have wearied the Lord with your words.
“How have we wearied him?” you ask.
By saying, “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and he is pleased with them” or “Where is the God of justice?”
Don’t Lie to God. The truth is the truth. God is just.
I want to be light of the earth and shine truth.
If you think about it – sin is anything that hurts someone in some way. That’s why I have a theory that cancer and disease is the physical manifestation or consequences of sin.
The opposite of sin is love. Love heals all.
Do you have some insight to add or did I make a mistake? Please share your insights in the comments below.